Recently we have been following the stories concerning the National Aquatic Safety Company (NASCO) based in Texas with much interest and as a result has ignited our resolve to see lifeguard training regulations see the light of day in the state of California. It is our position that regulations are in order as NASCO provides training and lifeguards to three different water parks in California that are using a dangerous protocol for drowning patients. The protocol in question is using the Heimlich maneuver on drowning victims which has been proven to be quite deadly among drowning experts across the United States.
After some lengthy research we have discovered that in 2007 the state of California passed SB 116028 which gave CDPH the authority to regulate lifeguard training companies however the bill was not followed through due to lack of funding.
“Lifeguard service,” as used in this article, means the attendance at a public swimming pool, during periods of use, of one or more lifeguards who possess, as minimum qualifications, current certificates from an American Red Cross or YMCA of the U.S.A. lifeguard training program, or have equivalent qualifications, as determined by the department, and who are trained to administer first aid, including, but not limited to, cardiopulmonary resuscitation in conformance with Section 123725 and the regulations adopted thereunder, and who have no duties to perform other than to supervise the safety of participants in water-contact activities. “Lifeguard services” includes the supervision of the safety of participants in water-contact activities by lifeguards who are providing swimming lessons, coaching or overseeing water-contact sports, or providing water safety instructions to participants when no other persons are using the facilities unless those persons are supervised by separate lifeguard services.
We have recently sent correspondence to Mark Jeude, R.E.H.S., Chief at CDPH in reference to SB 116028 and the status of the regulatory process. We are hoping that Mr. Juede will inform us that SB 116028 has been funded and a committee is being formed at this time. If the answer is anything but, we are prepared to take this to key representatives in the state of California as this is a public health & safety issue that needs to be addressed. If California EMT’s & Paramedics are regulated, we feel that lifeguards should be regulated and held accountable as well including lifeguard training companies.
To view the letter we have sent to Mark Jeude at CDPH, click here!
Golden State Lifeguards will go on record stating that we only recognize the following training companies/organizations:
- American Red Cross
- Ellis & Associates
- Starfish Aquatics Institute
- United State Lifesaving Association
In the coming weeks , we will also reach out to the California Emergency Medical Services Authority to seek guidance and support.
Our goal is to ensure that lifeguard training is taught using the latest scientific data for the best patient outcomes when it comes to injuries or drowning.
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